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    Currently I am in Year 13 doing 4 A levels including Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Biology (Because I like it, even though it won't make a difference on my application). The thing is that I live in Portugal and there aren't a lot of opportunity for extracurricular activities in Astronomy or something similar. There are very few but those are extremely expensive. My school also doesn't offer any extracurricular activities.

    Will this make a HUGE difference on my UCAS application form. I got AAAABBC on my AS level (I know they are quite a lot) and self studying Further Maths because my school 'doesn't have qualified teachers for it'.

    Are extracurricular activities for Astrophysics really necessary and will universities still accept me without them. What would you advice me to do. Thank you!
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    (Original post by shneebnee)
    Currently I am in Year 13 doing 4 A levels including Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Biology (Because I like it, even though it won't make a difference on my application). The thing is that I live in Portugal and there aren't a lot of opportunity for extracurricular activities in Astronomy or something similar. There are very few but those are extremely expensive. My school also doesn't offer any extracurricular activities.

    Will this make a HUGE difference on my UCAS application form. I got AAAABBC on my AS level (I know they are quite a lot) and self studying Further Maths because my school 'doesn't have qualified teachers for it'.

    Are extracurricular activities for Astrophysics really necessary and will universities still accept me without them. What would you advice me to do. Thank you!
    The best extracurricular thing you can do is read around your subject. You do not need to have work experience or anything like that in Astronomy (most applicants will not have it), the important thing is that you can demonstrate an interest in your subject that goes beyond the A Level curriculum, e.g. by reading around the subject.
 
 
 
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